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Bharti to roll out legal assistance initiative
Bharti Enterprises is all set to roll out an initiative to provide legal and financial assistance to underprivileged undertrials across the country.
 
The initiative, called "Nyaya Bharti", was announced on Thursday by Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder chairman of the group, who said it will be extended to "first time offenders and minor offences".
 
"Nyaya Bharti" will start functioning soon and commence giving first grant from April 1, next year, he added.
 
Bharti Airtel will provide an annual grant of Rs.10 crore on an ongoing basis towards this initiative.
 
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Silloo Marker

1 year ago

Mr. Mittal Bharati's initiative is a good one. Most CSR efforts go into education or Swach Bharat efforts but one rarely thinks of the poor fellow who is in jail on some minor charges and may be there forever almost for lack of money to pay bail if granted.
This reminds me of an article in the Times of India under a column "100 years ago" which has long been stopped. Wish I had kept that article. It was the story of an unknown small-time Parsi trader who used to go to the Small causes court regularly and pay the small amounts of bail for poor under-trials. The man was later known as Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy,1st Baronet, one of the richest men in the business community in Bombay in the late 18th-early 19th century.His philantrophy is well known to hundreds of beneficiaries even today who use, for example, the J.J. Hospital or the J.J. School of Art and many other charities.

Process licences for dance bars: SC tells Maharashtra
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to consider and decide in two weeks applications for licence by hoteliers for dance performances in beer bars and restaurants.
 
An apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant gave two weeks' time as the court was told that the Maharashtra government has not carried out its October 15 order both in letter as well as spirit.
 
The court said steps would be taken to ensure that there was no obscenity during dance performances.
 
By its October 15 order, the apex court had stayed the operation of provision of the Maharashtra Police Act that prohibited dance performances at eating places, beer bars and restaurants.
 
The court had noted that the provision was brought back in the Maharashtra Police Act in 2014 after being held ultra vires in 2013 by the top court.
 
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Nitish announces liquor ban in Bihar from April 1
Bihar will go dry from April 1, 2016, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced on Thursday.
 
The chief minister made the announcement -- a part of his election pledge -- at an official function to mark Prohibition Day here.
 
He said the poorest of the poor had been consuming liquor, badly hitting their families and their children's education.
 
Increasing liquor consumption was also a major cause for domestic violence, particularly against women, and had contributed to a rise in crimes.
 
"Women are suffering more than anyone else due to increasing liquor consumption," he said.
 
An official at the chief minister's office said Nitish Kumar took the decision after a high-level meeting with officials here. 
 
In July, Nitish Kumar had declared that prohibition would be imposed if he retained power in the assembly elections. 
 
Bihar Excise and Prohibition Minister Abdul Jalil Mastan had earlier said that the state government would soon take steps to impose a liquor ban.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday vowed to support a liquor ban.
 
The decision is expected to derail the government's financial health.
 
The excise department went into an overdrive in 2007 following a new policy and started issuing licences for marketing liquor across the state.
 
The revenue collection of excise department registered a more than 10-fold jump, from Rs.319 crore in 2005-06 to Rs.3,650 crore in 2014-15.
 
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Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

So will all the Left-(il)Liberals come out in protest against the Right To Drink and launch vitriolic attacks against puppet CM of Bihar?

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